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An Inquiry Into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations (5 Volumes bound in 4 books)

Adam Smith (Author)

This book is widely considered to be the first modern work in the field of economics. It is a clearly written account of political economy at the dawn of the Industrial Revolution. It is broken down into five books compiled in four volumes. There are two important features of Smith's Concept of the Invisible Hand. Firstly, Smith was not advocating a social policy (that people should act in their own self interest), but rather was describing an observed economic reality (that people do act in their own interest). Secondly, Smith was not claiming that all self-interest has beneficial effects on the community. He did not argue that self-interest is always good. Smith believed that while human motives are often selfish and greedy, the competition in the free market would tend to benefit society as a whole anyway.

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Adam Smith

Adam Smith (1723–1790) was a Scottish moral philosopher and a pioneering political economist. One of the key figures of the intellectual movement known as the Scottish Enlightenment, he is known primarily as the author of two treatises: The Theory of Moral Sentiments (1759), and An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations (1776). The latter was one of the earliest attempts tosystematically study the historical development of industry and commerce in Europe, as well as a sustained attack on the doctrinesof mercantilism. Smith's work helped to create the modern academic discipline of economics and provided one of the best-known intellectual rationales forfree trade, capitalism, and libertarianism.

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Title An Inquiry Into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations (5 Volumes bound in 4 books)
Author Adam Smith
Format Hardcover
Date published: 26.03.2008
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8182202698
length 1214p.